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Nov 3, 2009

Ozzy brings back two awards from clown conference

Story PictureIt is not often that we refer to someone as a clown, but one Belizean has the distinction of being an internationally recognized clown. Javier Canul is an Emergency Medical Technician by profession, but when he’s not making a presentation on the behalf of the Belize Emergency Response Team, he’s probably in his painted face and clown costume at a child’s party where he is known as Ozzy. Ozzy, the clown, ventured to Mexico recently to attend a clown convention which had over a thousand participants that interacted and competed in different events. Ozzy told News Five that he got two awards for placing in the top ten in two events.

Javier “Ozzy” Canul
“I was there participating in a clown convention. It’s actually the fourteenth clown convention of internationally recognized clowns. There we were competing against each other against different things like twisting balloons, individual performances in terms of skits. It’s called comparsa in which we display different things that we do in our country, you know just getting rejuvenated from being in Belize City for one year, since I’m the only clown. Going back there really elevates my status in terms of morality. I did come in the top ten in two of the events I participated in. The last event that I participated in I got late, as a result I couldn’t participate in it; it was the one on my stilts. But in the individual acting I came in the top ten. It was a well put together skit and maybe sometime I might give the public a treat on it. And the other thing was a balloon globoflexia. And I did what you called a praying mantis.”

Ozzy didn’t have his balloons with him today, but he says he will bring his performance to us at a later date.

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